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date: 30 June 2022

Strauss, Richard (Georg) (b Munich, 11 June 1864; d Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, 8 Sept. 1949). German composer and conductor. 

The Oxford Companion to Music
Tim AshleyTim Ashley

Strauss's father, Franz Strauss, was the principal horn player in the Munich court orchestra; his mother came from an affluent family of brewers. She suffered from periodic bouts of mental instability, which may account for the emphasis on psychological extremes in some of Strauss's major works. He showed musical aptitude early, producing both his first piano piece and his first songs at the age of six. Thereafter, his musical education was informal, his principal teachers being players in his father's orchestra. His father's contacts also ensured that Strauss's early works reached a broad public, while financial assistance from his mother's family enabled a number of scores to be published. These early works show a classical bias, fostered by his father whose stance was inherently reactionary and fiercely anti-Wagnerian. The influence of ... ...

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